Cauliflower Rice Stuffed Peppers Loaded With Bacon And Cheese
I’ve got these Keto Bacon Cauliflower Rice Stuffed Peppers that you must add to your meal plan.
They are delicious and a nice change from having beef stuffed peppers.
First of all, what you’re going to love about these Keto Bacon Cauliflower Rice Stuffed Peppers besides awesome flavours is the time it takes to make them.
For those of you with a busy schedule, you can make these up in the morning before you leave and bake them when you get home.
From start to finish they take me 40 minutes provided our son isn’t trying to tackle me every 5 minutes to play with them.
If you love your crock-pot as much as we do simply transfer this recipe to your crock-pot and cook on low for 4 hours or on high for 2 hours and your meal will be ready when you are.
What is cauliflower?
Cauliflower is one of several vegetables in the species Brassica oleracea in the genus Brassica, which is in the family Brassicaceae. It is an annual plant that reproduces by seed.
Typically, only the head is eaten – the edible white flesh sometimes called “curd” (with a similar appearance to cheese curd). Wikipedia
Does cauliflower taste like rice?
In my opinion, I believe cauliflower rice practically tastes the same as eating white rice although you should probably try it for yourself.
This new and improved Italian stuffed peppers recipe doesn’t contain starchy rice especially for people trying to curb their carbohydrate intake.
My Keto Bacon Cauliflower Rice Stuffed Peppers are baked in the oven soaking in a bath of Italian tomato sauce.
Once they are cooked through I top them with a mix of Italian mozzarella and Parmigiano Reggiano cheese.
As a meatless option these Keto Bacon Cauliflower Rice Stuffed Peppers will help trim your grocery budget.
You would eliminate the bacon from the recipe but substitute with tofu or mixed nuts for crunch.
Switch up these Keto bacon cauliflower rice stuffed peppers into cauliflower rice stuffed peppers with ground beef, turkey, chicken, etc.
I like ground beef mixed with the cauliflower rice but try different variations for variety in your meal plan.
Consequently, if you do this you’ll lower the carb count even further if you reduce the amount of cauliflower rice you use.
Keto Diet Is For Life
Mrs. CBB is following a keto lifestyle which is comparable to the low-carb, Paleo diet or Atkins diet.
Essentially the carbs are cut as much as possible and healthy fats such as butter, cream, cheese, coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil and proteins (eggs, meat, fish paired with low-carb vegetables such as lettuce, spinach, broccoli, tomatoes, and onions.
Portion Your Food
The key with the keto diet is not to go overboard with portion sizes and ingredients because calories count too.
Therefore dietary needs vary from person to person so tracking your food intake might not be a bad idea until you get used to portions that are right for you.
Remember that the more carbs you add the higher the carbohydrate count will be.
For this particular recipe, I used half a medium-sized onion and 3-4 cups of sugar-free tomato sauce.
Adding spices is a great way to add flavour to turning this colourful stuffed pepper dish into a meal perfect for lunch or dinner.
If you want to eat this for breakfast no one has to know.
How To Make Cauliflower Rice
Cauliflower rice is dead easy to make as you may have noticed from my Cauliflower Rice and Broccoli Stir-Fry with Sausage recipe.
The only difference between the cauliflower rice today is that you don’t have to cook it in advance which is why this 40-minute meal is perfect when you don’t have much time to spare.
Cooking the cauliflower rice is one step you can eliminate which means less clean-up and less time spent at the stove.
Since the peppers are stuffed and baked the heat from the oven and moisture under the tin foil will cook the cauliflower rice perfectly.
We added fried, chopped bacon to the cauliflower rice to add extra flavour to the rice along with apple cider vinegar for a bit of tang.
If you have a bit of spinach or broccoli you could also add that to the rice.
What to serve with cauliflower rice stuffed peppers?
Honestly, we don’t have any sides with the Keto Bacon Cauliflower Rice Stuffed Peppers as 2 peppers are filling for the both of us.
If you want to serve a garden or Caesar salad with the Bacon Cauliflower Rice Stuffed Peppers with a vinegar-based dressing this will help to cleanse your palette.
How To Make Keto Bacon Cauliflower Rice Stuffed Peppers
- 4 large bell peppers
- 4 cups of riced cauliflower
- 1lb bacon sliced thin and fried
- 1 cup sliced mushrooms or 1 can
- 2 tablespoons bacon grease
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon salt for tomato sauce
- ½ teaspoon cauliflower rice
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon basil
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 1 tablespoon turmeric
- 2 tablespoons water
- ½ onion minced
- 1 clove garlic minced tomato sauce
- 1 clove garlic cauliflower rice
- 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- ½ cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
- 3-4 cups stewed or chopped tomatoes in juice no sugar added
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
- Wash your peppers and with a knife slice a small layer from the bottom to help them stand properly in your baking dish.
- Gently slice the top off your pepper and set aside to top the peppers before baking.
- Scoop out the seeds and give it a good wash with water.
- At the bottom of your baking dish (round or long provided they fit close together) add 3 cups of tomato sauce with the basil, oregano, minced garlic, salt, and pepper then mix it gently.
- In a large bowl add your riced cauliflower, turmeric, water, salt, pepper, minced garlic, onion, mushrooms, fried bacon, bacon grease, and apple cider vinegar then mix.
- Start stuffing your 4 peppers until about a ½ inch from the top
- Add 2 tablespoons of tomato sauce on top along with mozzarella cheese and Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and then put the pepper top back on with the stem.
- Bake in the oven covered with foil for 25 minutes until the peppers are tender then remove the tin foil and bake for another 5 minutes to brown the tops a bit.
- Serve by adding sauce to a plate topped with one or two peppers
Ditch the carbs and consider eating fat to lose fat and you’ll see just how fast you’ll love the low-carb lifestyle. Of course, talk to your doctor first to make sure this is the right lifestyle for you.
Most of all if your kids love this recipe they won’t have to know they’re not eating rice. Parenting win.
Per 1/4 Recipe: 250.3 Calories; 13g Fat; 28g Protein; 10g Carbohydrate; 4.8g Dietary Fiber; 5.2g Net Carbs
The above nutritional info is based on using green bell peppers which have a slightly lower carb count.
If you’d like a lower net carb you could add meat and cut back on the cauliflower rice in this recipe.
Discussion Question: What else could you add to the cauliflower rice to change-up the flavours?
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